Sophie & Jim
Pepsal End Farm - 18th June 2016
Sophie & Jim got in touch after a recommendation from a previous bride and we hit it off straight away. Talking through all of their plans had me very excited to be part of this wedding. They were getting married at a beautiful church in the middle of Harpenden followed by the reception on Jim's parents private farm, Pepsal End Farm. I had been to the farm previously to meet Sophie and couldn't get over how beautiful it was so I couldn't wait to come back here for the big day.
The wedding day started with photos of the bride getting ready. I was lucky enough to have my 2nd photographer Jade with me on this shoot so she headed off to photograph Jim and his groomsmen at the pub while I stayed with Sophie and the bridesmaids. As soon as Sophie was dressed and ready, we set up the shot where her Dad came in and saw her for the first time... Even I was in tears. She looked so beautiful it took my breath away, so you can only imagine how her Dad felt! Sophie's parents house was only a 5 minute walk away from the church so she decided she wanted to walk down with her dad and bridesmaids which made for some fabulous shots.
The church ceremony was beautiful and very traditional, a highlight being Sophie's brother singing to the congregation during the signing of the register. We then headed outside for the formal shots and the confetti shot (I've never seen so much confetti thrown before, it was fantastic, although I'm not sure Jim's eye appreciated it). One of the highlights of the day was the wedding car... or should I say wedding tractor!! Keeping with their farm theme, Jim drove Sophie back to the farm in his very own tractor complete with a 'just married' sign and tin cans on the rear - just brilliant!
Upon arriving back at the farm I was blown away by the venue. Although I had been there before I had never seen it set up for the wedding. The marquee was huge and had been decorated in the most stunning way. The gardens looked like something from the Chelsea Flower Show and Jim and his brothers had even built a new enclosure for his beloved cows so they could be as close to the wedding as possible. Jim's cows are like his babies so they had to be a big part of the day, without actually sitting at the tables. Every turn you took whether it was in the garden or the marquee presented something even more beautiful and personal to the couple. The wedding favours were home brewed bottles of ciders which later on in the evening Jim actually warned to stay away from!
Something that was really important to the bride and groom was to have some photos with their beloved cows so we headed into the closed off area. I wasn't sure how I was going to do this as I obviously couldn't ask the cows to move to where I wanted them. I needn't have worried - with one long whistle from Jim, the cows soon came over and circled around the bride and groom, I probably couldn't have positioned them better myself. From Jim getting a photo with his prized bull, and a few of the cows trying to eat Sophie's bouquet, this was without a doubt my favourite part of the day.
After the excitement of the cows, it was soon time to sit down for the wedding breakfast. The tables were named after Jim's cows, if they couldn't actually sit with the guests, they were there in spirit at least.
The speeches all went down a storm with the usual heckling and tears shed. The atmosphere was just electric with everyone (including us) just having the best time! The day just flew past and before we knew it, it was time to cut the giant french fancy cake and throw the bouquet. The bouquet throwing shot is always a favourite of mine due to the competiveness of the female catchers hoping that they're next to get married... this one was no different! We got some great shots from this catcher!
The first dance was how I imagined it would be from Sophie and Jim... fun, personal and informal. They soon got everyone else on the dance floor and there was some serious shapes being thrown from all the guests - good job it was a huge dance floor.
This really was a spectacular day and one I won't be forgetting for a long time! Not only have I come away with some great shots, but a great friend in Sophie!